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Eco-Film Festival + Expo Sunday, January 9, 6-10 p.m. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Showing the Film “Tapped”

The award-winning movie explores our water supply. It gradually reveals a stunning story about not only municipal water but also the bottled water we consume. A fast-moving and eye-opening documentary!


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$5 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 352-629-4000, or online at Tickets are going fast—Reserve yours today!

To Exhibit

To exhibit, call 352-629-4000 or email us at We still have room for selected exhibitors including organic growers, nutritionists, health food stores, wholistic/integrative physicians, solar companies, hybrid cars, chiropractors, etc. To reserve a display space, email or call 352-629-4000.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

n Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic (MA27082, MM9718), n EcoWater of North Florida, n ELISA Technologies Inc.,, n Florida Organic Growers, n Hypknow, Inc., n Marion County Master Gardeners, n Orange Salon, Inc., n UF/IFAS Extension Office: John Linhoss, Community Sustainability Extension Agent, n Vitamark, Ed Galoustian, n WOCA Radio will be there to cover the event live 2

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No Ifs, Ands, or Buts—Well, okay, six butts. Anyhow, this cheeky live musical play is being staged in Ocala, December 30-January 16!

Publisher Carolyn Rose Blakeslee, Ocala Managing Editor Clark Dougherty Editors Sharon Bruckman, National CEO, Naples, FL S. Alison Chabonais, National Editor, Naples Kim Marques, Regional Calendar, Ocala Linda Sechrist, National Editor, Naples

The Full Monty by Clark Dougherty


Inspiration by Anneli Rufus

“I’m stuck!” Hints for overcoming this familiar New Year refrain.

Design + Production Stephen Gray-Blancett, Naples Carolyn Rose Blakeslee Stephanie Ricketson


WATER. Tapped vs. Bottled by S. Alison Chabonais

Contact Us Email: Call: 352-629-4000 Mail to: P.O. Box 1140, Anthony, FL 32617 Fax: 352-351-5474 Visit:


WATER. Plastic Codes, Decoded by Carolyn Blakeslee


WATER. Planet Water: Another Name for Earth by S. Alison Chabonais


WATER. 23 Ways to Save Water at Home


Gardening in January by Jo Leyte-Vidal


Natural Horse: Building Your Horse’s Confidence by Julie P. Scott


Honoring Our Life Force: Energy Medicine by Linda Sechrist

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Hello, Friends, Normally I am skeptical of the Chicken Little crowd (you know, “The sky is falling!”) and I love to bring you good news. However, preparing for this January’s EcoFilm Festival and Expo has brought a splash of harsh reality: Where our water is concerned, we’re honestly in trouble. For example, we think we’re doing the right thing by drinking bottled water. After all, it’s good for us ... so much better than soda. So far so good. But as it turns out, the only ones truly benefiting are the bottled water companies, to the tune of more than $11 billion each year. In many cases, when their water truly comes from springs, these companies are “tapping out” communities and endangering their water supplies. And 40 percent of bottled water is actually tap water! To make matters worse, the plastic bottles are dangerous in and of themselves, including the small bottles (particularly if they have been exposed to heat during shipping or storage) and even the large five-gallon water-cooler bottles. All of them contain chemicals such as PVC and BPA, known to be neurotoxins or to cause gender-bending effects. Then there are threats of ownership. Did you know that in many western states, it’s illegal to collect rainwater because the states “own” it? It is said that he who controls water, controls life. For more information, come to our Eco-Film Festival and Expo, Sunday, January 9, from 6-10 pm. We will be showing the award-winning documentary “Tapped” about water. Please join us as we learn to take back some control of our own water. For tickets, call 352-629-4000 or visit to order online. Happy New Year From Carolyn, Clark & all of us

January 2011


NewsBriefs Arbor Day Tree GiveAway January 22


arion Soil and Water Conservation District is proudly hosting the First Annual Native Tree Give-Away


in recognition of Florida’s Arbor Day. The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, thanks to a resolution proposed by Nebraska City resident, J. Sterling Morton. Morton, a civic leader, agriculturist, and former newspaper editor, urged Nebraskans to “set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.” The tree-planting holiday was so popular that by 1920, more than 45 states and U.S. territories annually celebrated Arbor Day. Today, Arbor Day is observed in all 50 states and in many countries around the world. In Florida, late winter is an ideal time for planting native trees, including the sabal palm (pictured, right), Florida’s State tree, making Florida’s Arbor Day several weeks earlier than the national observance; Florida celebrates the third Friday in January. The sponsor of the event, Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was established in 1941 as a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the voluntary wise use, management and general conservation of the County’s soil, water and related natural resources. It often

Sabal palm serves as a liaison between landowners and regulatory agencies. Marion SWCD is staffed by a five-person volunteer board and one county employee, who works with the USDA-NRCS District Conservationist, advising and assisting landowners with best management practices and soil investigations. A major part of the workload includes overseeing the seven annual conservation contests the District sponsors each year, including an essay contest, poster contest, public speaking contest, conservation landscape tray contest, land judging, Envirothon, and Youth Conservationist of the Year. On January 22, 2011, Marion SWCD will be giving away more than 1,500 native trees, including dogwood, redbud, red maple, shumard oak, bald cypress, sabal palm, live oak and pine. Experts, from the Division of Forestry and Marion County Native Plant Society, will be available onsite to consult on proper planting techniques. Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and National Wild Turkey Federation will be available to consult on how and what trees to plant to specifically attract native

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wildlife. Related agencies and local business will also be present to assist in answering any questions you may have. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Marion County through conservation of its natural resources. Stop by early—giveaway starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011 in the McPherson Government Complex Field. For more information, contact Marion Soil and Water Conservation at 352-622-3971, Option 3.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 4-6

throwers and gypsy dancers add to the excitement as they fill the streets of Hoggetowne. One of the Faire’s most popular attractions is the joust, where knights in full body armor battle on horseback. Children can meet the knights and their magnificent steeds, or they can watch the Living Chess Match, where the wizard Merlin will battle Morgause, the overbearing headmistress of Orkney, to decide who wins the Sword of Power. Visitors can also engage in traditional medieval games of chance and skill such as shooting arrows or hurling battleaxes at targets, or they can navigate their way through a winding maze. And on Friday, February 4, the Faire’s special School Day offers face painting, hair braiding and medieval crafts. General admission is half-price, and larger discounts are available to school groups that register in advance to see the Middle Ages come to life. A sumptuous Food Court is available. Produced by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire draws more than 50,000 guests each year. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Faire is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 to 17 (free

for children younger than 5). School Day, Friday, Feb. 4, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is half-price. Pets are not permitted. The Alachua County Fairgrounds is located east of Gainesville at 2900 NE 39th Ave. adjacent to Gainesville Regional Airport. For more information, visit or call 352334-ARTS (2787).

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or two weekends each year, the kingdom of Hoggetowne opens its gates. Performers in period garb sing and dance in the streets, while knights joust on horseback (pictured, below) and magicians captivate the crowds. This medieval marketplace will come to life on Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 4-6 at the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville. More than 160 artisans from across the country will journey to the Faire to sell and demonstrate their wares, offering medieval crafts such as weaving, blacksmithing, leatherworking, wood-carving and glass-blowing. Eight stages will feature shows of full-flight falconry, aerial acrobatics, and old-world magic. Jugglers, knife

January 2011


NewsBriefs Ayurveda and Astrology, Feb. 11-13


he Friends of Ayurveda and Radhadesh Retreat are co-sponsoring the “Ayurveda and Astrology Conference February 11-13, 2011 in Alachua. This is a rare opportunity to participate in seminars given by renowned Ayurvedic Physician Dr. Vasant Lad, MASc, along with the renowned Vedic Astrologers Sri Sneha Amritananda, Chakrapani Ullal, Gudrun Schellenbeck, and Nalini. This special three-day event includes yoga, pure food, bhajans and live music at the scenic Radha Desh Retreat. The Radhadesh Retreat is an oasis for the body, mind and spirit offering many Ayurvedic services. To sign up or for more information, visit events.php, or call 386-418-1147.


Spirit of Truth Events

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n Sunday, January 23, a 12-week course on metaphysics will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on a love-offering basis. Beginning Thursday, January 20, from 7-8:30 p.m., a 4T Prosperity Program course will be held. 4T is tithing of your time, talent and treasure. This powerful spiritual program is designed to change your life by opening your mind and heart to Prosperity Principles. Participants will learn about the areas of lack consciousness in your thinking and transform these into abundance and prosperity beliefs. If you’ve heard about The Secret or The Law of Attraction and wondered what they are teaching, come to this class and experience it in your life. The course costs $49.50 and includes a manual and set of 12 CDs. Spirit of Truth Independent Unity Church, 2251 N.W. 41 St., Gainesville, FL 32606. Services held every Sunday at 10 a.m.

nity of Gainesville is kicking off its 2011 concert series with the return of Jack Williams. His mastery of the guitar, unique voice, and storytelling skills make for some of the finest entertainment anywhere. His concert will be held on January 2, 2011 at 7:00. Reservations strongly suggested. A six-week class in the Nia Technique will be held every Wednesday from January 12-February 16, 10-11 a.m. in the sanctuary, taught by Marty Henneka. Nia is an exciting way to discover how to use your entire body to stay fit and healthy in more enjoyable ways. It is pleasurable, sensual, fun, grounded, fluid, and lyrical, steeped with diversity and variety of the Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts. The fee is $40 for the 6-week session or $12/session drop-in fee. For more information, go to www.nianow. com or call Marty at 352-371-6965. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030.

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EcoBriefs Great Lakes Restoration


he administration has released a five-year blueprint for applying $2.2 billion to repair a century’s worth of damage to the Great Lakes. That resource is the backbone of several U.S. regional economies dependent on tourism, outdoor recreation, shipping and manufacturing, and a source of drinking water for 30 million people. Last year, Congress approved the first installment of $475 million. The giant ecosystem has been plagued by toxic contamination, shrinking wildlife habitat, and invasive species, the latest threat being Asian carp. The massive national and regional effort intends to improve water quality, clean up toxic hot spots and phosphorus runoff, eliminate invasive species and protect wetlands. Goals include saving key species like the lake sturgeon, now endangered. Canadian activists have released a complementary plan calling for their government to get busy eliminating pollution and invasive species, and protecting water flows. Four of the five lakes border on both countries. “To see the Americans move on [this issue] will, we hope, force our federal and provincial governments to move in the same direction,” says Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes contain about 84 percent of the surface freshwater in North America and 21 percent of the world’s total supply.

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Waterway Wisdom Progress for the Mississippi River


arlier this year, a new, $320 million, four-year U.S. Department of Agriculture farmers incentive program was initiated. It will help farmers in 12 states improve their land management practices to curb nutrient runoff and benefit water quality in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. The move has the potential to significantly improve drinking water quality for tens of millions of Americans in the Mississippi River Basin, according to the Environmental Defense Fund, which helped forward passage of the 2008 Farm Bill that is providing $200 million of the total. It should also lighten the nutrient overload contributing to the northern Gulf’s oxygen-starved dead zone. Participating states include Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

January 2011



Bottled water companies: Bleeding communities’ natural springs dry, and bottling municipal tap water and calling it natural

Water Bubble

Two Reports Project Fresh Water Scarcity by 2030


recent report by the World Economic Forum warns that half the world’s population will be affected by water shortages within 20 years. Conditions are headed toward what the researchers term “water bankruptcy,” that could incite a crisis greater than the current global financial downturn. Crops and people are in danger, as geopolitical conflicts are expected to rise due to dwindling water resources. During the 20th century, world population increased fourfold, but the amount of fresh water that it used increased nine times. Already, 2.8 billion people live in areas of high water stress, according to the analysis. A concurring UN World Water Development Report adds that shortages are already beginning to constrain economic growth in areas as diverse as California, China, and Australia. The Associated Press reports that the pivotal Ogallala Aquifer, in America’s Great Plains breadbasket, stretching from South Dakota to North Texas, continues to be drained at alarming rates.



n international corporation descending on a rural town, bent on extracting natural resources. Africa? South America? Nope: New England. Nestlé Waters North America Inc., purveyors of Poland Spring water, mines its “blue gold” in the western Maine wilderness. From Page 3 of “Spring water ... sources: Poland Spring, Poland Spring, ME; Clear Spring, Hollis, ME; Evergreen Spring, Fryeburg, ME; Spruce Spring, Pierce Pond Township, ME; Garden Spring, Poland, ME; Bradbury Spring, Kingfield, ME; and/or White Cedar Spring, Dallas Plt, ME.” And, “We continue to review our current sources and occasionally seek new sources.” Aquafina (Pepsi) is bottled from municipal tap water. So is Dasani (Coca-Cola). news/companies/pepsi_coke/ For more information, come to our Eco-Film Festival and Expo, Sunday, January 9, from 6-10 pm. We will be showing the award-winning documentary “Tapped” about water. For tickets, call 352-629-4000 or order online at

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Organic Milk

80 Percent Healthier


reliminary evidence from a recent European-wide study on Quality Low Input Food (QLIF) has found that levels of antioxidants in milk produced by organically-raised cattle were 50 to 80 percent higher than in normal milk, just as organically-grown wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce delivered 20 to 40 percent more antioxidants than non-organic produce. Higher levels of other nutrients, such as iron, zinc and vitamin E, also showed up in the findings. With sales of pasteurized organic milk on the upswing, Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of a natural health website, reports that more local dairies nationwide also are offering unpasteurized, or raw, milk to meet demand. Proponents like raw milk’s easy-to-digest amino acids, proteins and enzymes, many of which would be destroyed by pasteurization. Some states have, nevertheless, banned raw milk; for discussion of the issue, start with Natural milk activist Rahman Dalrymple notes that, in any case, it’s crucial to know the source of the milk: the health of the animals, how they are fed (organic green grass versus starchy grains), where they are confined (clean pastures or manure-laden pens) and how the milk is collected.

Energize Body and Mind


hen a sedentary lifestyle leads to complaints about listlessness and fatigue, consider engaging in regular, low-intensity exercise, suggests a new University of Georgia study. “Too often, we believe that a quick workout will leave us worn out, especially when we are already fatigued,” says researcher Tim Puetz, lead author of the study. “We have shown, however, that regular exercise can actually go a long way in increasing feelings of energy—particularly in sedentary individuals.” Working with volunteers who did not exercise on a regular basis and had reported persistent fatigue, the researchers found that those who engaged in low-intensity workouts experienced a greater reduction in fatigue than others who exercised at a moderate intensity level. The research team’s analysis found, too, that exercise acts directly on the central nervous system to increase energy and reduce resulting fatigue. They associated such activity with both physical and mental health. Thus, every step closer to a healthier body also facilitates a healthier mind.


Calcium News


lthough calcium supplements often are prescribed for postmenopausal women to help maintain bone health, a recent study by the University of Auckland suggests that these may actually increase the risk of heart attack. More research is under way. Source: British Medical Journal, 2008

MSG by Any Other Name


ousins of monosodium glutamate (MSG) continue to lurk in our food, often under innocuous-sounding names such as hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast or protein concentrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labeling when MSG is added as a direct ingredient to any food, but these related glutamates need only be identified by their own names or certain terms, such as vegetable broth or chicken broth (vegetable broth contains hydrolyzed soy protein). Canned tuna, canned soup and stock, frozen dinners and seafood, most fast food, low-fat yogurts and ice creams, chips, and nearly everything ranch or cheeseflavored contain these synthetically produced glutamates. The healthier choice? Emphasize whole grains, plus fresh fruits and vegetables at mealtime. Source:

January 2011


The Full Monty Y

es, it’s true. “The Full Monty,“ a cheeky musical comedy based on the wildly popular British movie, is onstage at Ocala Civic Theatre. And for those who doubt it, be assured it is the Full Monty! If you have seen the movie, then you will appreciate the musical stage version incorporating more than a dozen songs and dynamite dance numbers staged by Myles Thoroughgood, Ocala Civic Theatre’s director/choreographer for this show. He has dozens of well-known musicals to his long resume of successes in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, and Orlando. Myles, currently based in Orlando, has choreographed and directed several of today’s top young TV performers as well as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling, among many others. His work is featured and enjoyed in major theme parks in the U.S. and internationally including Disney World, Universal Studios, Great America, King’s Dominion, King’s Island, Carowinds, Canada’s Wonderland, and Lotte World in Seoul, South Korea. Under Myles’ direction are some of OCT’s favorite performers. The 21-person cast includes Chip Morris, Patrick Stanley, Jonathan Williams, Andrew Davenport, Scotty Roberts, Jeff Cole, Dani Moreno-Fuentes, Richard Price, and Martie McLean. “The Full Monty” stage musical is similar to the movie, with just a few differences. The film is set in working class Sheffield, England, while the live production uses a blue-collar Buffalo, N.Y. backdrop. Several new characters are added for the play, most notably Keno, the much adored and featured male stripper at Tony Giardono’s club, and Jeannette, the show-biz-savvy keyboard accompanist who helps our Chippendale wanna-be heroes.


by Clark Dougherty

If you haven’t seen the film, then just sit back and enjoy a show that is time appropriate for America’s economy and situation today. When unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo see how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their “Girls’ Night Out,” the guys come up with a unique and bold way to turn some quick cash.

dreams, are great lessons for all. And truth be told, the final impact of “The Full Monty” could be achieved without ever dropping the boxers. However, in both the movie and the stage musical, the “Full Monty” means no g-strings; it’s all the way—but as Tom Jones relates in the pop music song, “You Can Leave Your Hat On.“

In the process they find renewed selfesteem, the importance of friendship, and the ability to have fun. As they work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness, and anxieties over everything from being overweight to child custody, bigotry to being gay, the guys discover not only are they stronger as a group, but the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. There is great heart to “The Full Monty,“ and the ultimate themes expressed in the show, about taking charge of one’s life and following one’s

The live stage production opens on Thursday, December 30 and runs through Sunday, January 16 at the Ocala Civic Theatre, located in the Appleton Museum complex at 4337 East Silver Springs Blvd. Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations should be made in advance. Adult tickets are $20. New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31) marks a special “Full Monty“ evening with a party following the performance. The party requires a separate and special admission for seats at tables onstage with the cast, crew and party-goers. The soiree includes New Year’s favors, heavy hors d’oeuvres, finger foods, desserts, and a midnight champagne toast. A cash bar is offered that night for both the performance and the gala immediately following. The New Year’s Eve Party is priced at $32 per person. Attendance at the performance is not required to make reservations for the party. Non-alcoholic toasts will be available at the New Year’s celebration; minors, if accompanied by a parent, are permitted for the event. “The Full Monty” has profanity, adult themes and situations, and brief nudity. This play may be offensive to some people. The show is not recommended for children, as it is rated a strong “R.” Reservations: Call the box office at 352-236-2274, or go to and view a seating chart to book your tickets.

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I’m Stuck!

We say it in despair, desperation, denial. We say it when we can’t, won’t or simply don’t move on. by Anneli Rufus




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hether we’re striving to eat healthier, spend less, or listen more, we refer to our stuckness with exquisite metaphors: We say “I’m frozen, paralyzed, marooned.” We say, “I can’t get started” or “I just can’t stop.” When we make New Year’s resolutions, we are promising to become unstuck. But only 63 percent of us manage to keep those resolutions, according to a University of Washington study. The researchers reported that 40 percent of the participants kept their resolutions on the first try; for the others, it took multiple attempts. The passive verbs we use to describe being stuck infer that it isn’t our fault. The hardest bit is admitting that our own choices got us here and keep us here. Sure, accidents occur—but humans are uncannily skilled at affixing balls and chains to our own ankles and swan-diving into quicksand. Becoming unstuck means first accepting a harsh truth: that we’re lazy, scared and/or strangers to our true selves. Laziness often comes disguised as denial or avoidance. Reforming means making a change, and change is strenuous. So, try this: Think of becoming unstuck as a new sport or exercise you want to learn. Think of your weak, sore spots as muscles—mental, spiritual or financial ones—and find safe, small ways to “exercise” them gradually. Like any form of fitness, this takes more than one muscle and more than one day. Move ahead gently and keep track of progress. Change means the terrors of risk and exposure, trading the familiar for

potential failure. So, try this: Think of becoming unstuck as moving to a non-English-speaking country. How would you prepare—or help a friend prepare—for that? By calmly researching the destination before making the leap: Learn its language. Study its maps. Reach out to kind folks who already live there. Have coping strategies in place to deal with issues that will inevitably come up. Change means facing our own limitations; our own breadth. Can we change? Yes, but how much? The answer requires clear-sighted self-knowledge and crucial honesty. So, try this: Imagine the contest American Idol, with a twist; make it about the desired change. Then, imagine yourself as both contestant and judge. Give constructive criticism—and gracefully take it. Clinical Psychologist and study researcher Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D., concludes: “The keys to making a successful resolution are a person’s confidence that he or she can make the behavior change, and the commitment to making that change.” We do get to try again and can make behavior changes throughout the year, not only at New Year’s. Anneli Rufus is the author of Stuck: Why We Can’t (or Won’t) Move On (

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Tap vs. Bottled water,” says Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit organization working to get us off the bottle. Hauter says research shows that the federal government requires rigorous and frequent testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water. (Bottled water is nearly unregulated in

such. Conversely, Coca-Cola declined to identify its Dasani as municipal, although it is.) Yet, we continue to buy back these more-or-less filtered versions of our own tap water from packagers at thousands of times the price ($0.0002 per gallon from the tap vs. $0.69 to $8.26 per gallon bottled). Economist. com reported that in 2007 Americans spent nearly $11 billion on 8.25 billion gallons of the store-bought stuff. We Americans enjoy some of the safest municipal drinking water in the world. For even the most health-conscious among us, proper filtration at the tap will do the job. Barbara Hendel and Peter Ferreira, authors of Water & Salt: The Essence of Life, further suggest that steeping a handful of quartz

As Fortune magazine observes, “Water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century; the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations.

by S. Alison Chabonais


ews Flash: In the great debate about tap vs. bottled water, tap has been declared the winner by every environmental health organization that has researched the issue. Those experts weighing in say that the best quality drinking water comes from the tap—filtered, served fresh, and transported in refillable steel bottles.

Real or Faux H2O

Americans are heeding the message that healthy bodies need lots of water, to the tune of 26 gallons of bottled water per person last year. And so, while water has rightly become the nation’s No. 1 beverage of choice, most of us are probably getting it from the wrong source. “Bottled water generally is no cleaner, or safer, or healthier than tap


comparison. That’s because water is defined as a “food” and is thus under the authority of the FDA, whose regulations are far more lax than those of the EPA, which regulates tap water.) Similarly, researchers at the Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that “If you are an adult with no special health conditions, and you are not pregnant, then you can drink most cities’ tap water without having to worry.” Why, then, the confusion? “The bottled water industry spends millions of dollars a year to convince us that their product is somehow safer or healthier than tap water when in fact that’s just not true,” says Victoria Kaplan of Food & Water Watch. Ironically, as much as 40 percent of store-bought water starts out as the same tap water that we get at home. (In 2007, the Pepsi-Cola company acknowledged that its Aquafina bottled water was sourced from tap-water, and that its label would identify it as

crystals overnight in a day’s supply of home-filtered drinking water will revive its natural crystalline quality. The authors concur with those who warn against drinking distilled water, including that used in soft drinks, saying that it pulls electrolytes and trace minerals out of the body, increases acidity, and may open the door to disease.

A Waste of Money That Creates More Waste

The mounting case against packaged water is being led by environmentalists and consumer activists alike. reports that last year alone Americans collectively tossed 22 billion plastic water bottles. Less than 15 percent of them made it into recycling bins. Making matters worse, “The plastic used in both single-use and reusable bottles can pose a contamination threat,” writes Solvie Karlstrom at TheGreen Debate currently rages over the safety of chemicals that are potentially leaching from the #1 PET and #7 polycarbonate plastics frequently used to package and store food products such as water.

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There are also energy costs to consider. Research cited in Food & Water Watch’s Take Back the Tap says that the production of all that plastic drains 1.5 million barrels of oil each year. Transporting the product eats up more energy and creates more pollution. Eliminating this market would have the same effect as removing 100,000 cars from the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Adding insult to injury is the fact that each bottle requires nearly five times its volume in water to manufacture. “The whole bottled water industry just doesn’t make sense,” says Susan Leal, general manager of San Francisco Public Utilities, “when utilities all over the country spend millions of dollars to deliver clean, safe, affordable water right to the kitchen sink.” Finally, the water-bottling companies are stressing the communities from which they are “mining” their water.


The Case for Home Filtration

Home carbon filtration is a more earth-friendly solution at a fraction of the cost. Options include a countertop pitcher, faucet-mount unit, under-sink model or whole-house installation. Many filters are designed to remove trace chemicals and bacteria as well as chlorine and fluoride. Whatever recommended filtration system we choose, health experts agree that the best containers are glass refrigerator bottles or portable, reusable stainless steel bottles. (Aluminum is not recommended.) Experts suggest first securing a Water Quality/Consumer Confidence Report from the local utility. Next, find a filter that can remove the pertinent local contaminants among the 315 potential contaminants that a recent Environmental Working Group (EWG) assessment found present in the nation’s water supplies. It’s worth noting that the EWG analysis

found nearly 100 percent compliance with enforceable health standards on the part of the nation’s water utilities. In any case, the solution is to bring your own water rather than buy a manufacturer’s version. Choosing to drink home-filtered tap water protects our environment and our pocketbooks while keeping our bodies just as happy.

Water Resources n n (search “bottled water”) n (look up city water test results by Zip Code) n n (Natural Resources Defense Council) n

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earn the codes on the underside of the bottle or packaging. The safer plastic choices are coded 2, 4, and 5. Try to avoid 3, 6, and most plastics labeled with number 7. We also suggest steering away from Code 1. n Code 1: PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate). Appearance: Clear. This code commonly appears on the bottom of bottles of water, soda, cooking oil, and so on. These bottles, debatably safe for single use, should not be reused, refilled, or heated. This type of plastic can be recycled, once, into products such as parking lot bumpers. Our advice: Avoid buying any consumables with #1 on the bottom, as you never know whether the product has been exposed to extreme heat on the way to its retail destination. (After all, we live in Florida.) Replace plastic water bottles with refillable stainless steel bottles, and use glass jars instead of plastic storage containers. n Code 2: HDPE (high-density polyethylene). Appearance: Milky/opaque.

This code commonly appears on milk and water jugs, juice bottles, cleaning and hygiene products, and toys. Unlike Code 1 bottles, these are safe to refill and reuse. This type of plastic can be recycled, once, into products similar to the Code 1 recyclables. n Code 3: PVC (polyvinyl chloride). This code often appears on containers of peanut butter, squeeze-bottles, and other foods. It can also be present in bibs and mattress covers. It contains PVC and phthalates, which are known to cause significant harm including gender-bending effects. Our advice: Avoid it, especially since this type of plastic cannot be recycled. n Code 4: LDPE (low-density polyethylene). This type of plastic is used to make grocery store bags, plastic wrap, and garbage bags. This type of plastic is fairly safe, and many of these products can be used again and again. Still, some of these bags could be replaced with reusable ones. n Code 5: PP (polypropylene). This type of plastic is used to make semi-

rigid plastics, such as those used for yogurt containers, syrup bottles, drinking straws, hard-plastic carryout packages, and even diapers. It’s a fairly safe plastic, and it can be recycled. n Code 6: PS (polystyrene). This type of plastic is used to make disposable utensils as well as Styrofoam products such as coffee cups and carryout containers. These leach styrene, a neurotoxin. Our advice: Avoid it at all costs. n Code 7: Other (including acrylic, nylon, and polycarbonate). This type of plastic isn’t just one type; the “7” is the “miscellaneous” symbol. It includes polycarbonate (endocrine disruptor BPA), commonly found in five-gallon water bottles, baby bottles, sports bottles, clear plastic cutlery, and other products. However, because it’s “other,” Code 7 also includes some of the newer green plastics. Nonetheless, our advice is to avoid it at all costs. Summary: One, run. Three, flee. Six, nix. Seven, never. (Two, do. Four, open door. Five, alive.)

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ecently, the United Nations’ World Water Day 2007 renewed the global S.O.S. for a vigorous response to a worldwide scarcity of water—a resource we no longer can take for granted. Our planet’s surface is 70 percent water and blessed with moisture-rich air and soils, yet less than 13 percent of that is the freshwater that humans need to survive, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. We rely on water for everything from drinking, bathing and cleaning our homes to raising food and running industry. But much of our good water is fast becoming unsanitary, and it’s costly to clean it up.

Currently, global water consumption is doubling every 20 years, at more than twice the rate of human population growth. Water research agency projections reviewed by show that world water use is expected to triple in the next 50 years. Researchers have determined

Current Crisis

that Planet Earth’s 6.6 billion people already use at least 54 percent of all the accessible freshwater found in rivers, lakes and underground aquifers. By 2025 the human share will be 70 percent, based on the anticipated increase in population. If per capita consumption of water resources continues to rise at this rate, humankind could be using more than 90 percent of all available freshwater within 25 years. The United Nations projects that by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will face water shortages or a lack of clean water. Americans are among the heaviest domestic consumers, typically using 147 gallons of household water

According to the United Nations, 31 countries are now facing water scarcity, including the United States, where seven western states are suffering a seven-year drought. The number of states could rise to 36 by 2013, as even America’s Great Lakes are showing signs of distress. “With some 700 million [people] around the world currently suffering from water scarcity, a figure that could increase to more than 3 billion by 2025, integrated cross-border management of this vital resource is crucial,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message marking World Water Day.


per person each day, ranking us third after Canadians and New Zealanders. Municipal water conservation programs repeatedly prove that at least 30 percent of this is wasted inside and outside the home. Making matters worse, upwardly mobile populations in the East are catching up to the developed West and now far exceed the daily minimum of 5 to 13 gallons of water needed for sustenance, reports U.S. News & World Report. Add in water-hungry industries that support a modernized society, and the statistics soar.

Precious Fluid

“Everyone knows that water is the basis of life, but we don’t behave that way,” says Dr. Christine Feurt, director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of New England. “It’s time for a wholesale change in how we think about water in this country.” Harvesting rainwater appears to be the most promising solution. However, this is complicated by the fact that in several states it’s actually illegal

EPA: “If all U.S. households installed waterefficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water a year.” to do so due to states’ having passed bizarre laws claiming ownership of rain. Australia, India and the American Southwest are among the thirsty spots planning to capture more rainwater, both through storage cisterns and landscapes that encourage infiltration. That can make a huge difference, particularly in the United States where residents spray anywhere from onethird to half or more of all municipal water on their lawns and gardens. In Kansas City, Missouri, a voluntary 10,000 Rain Gardens project has already built more than 250 native plant basins designed to capture storm-water and improve the quality

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of its flow into waterways. The idea’s also growing in popularity in Oregon, Michigan and Minnesota. Seattle, Washington’s water utilities are now targeting a 1 percent savings per person per year, based on a 1990 conservation initiative. Since then water use has dropped citywide by 24 percent even as the population grew 11 percent. Individual consumption has dropped from 150 to 100 gallons a day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) comprehensive “WaterSense” education program launched in 2006 cites old, inefficient toilets as the primary culprit behind water wasted inside American homes. EPA officials say that replacing those toilets with WaterSense-labeled models could save at least two gallons per flush, or “approximately 2 billion gallons per day across the country.” With the average person flushing a toilet eight times a day, in just one year, San Diego, California’s low-flow toilet program has saved enough water to support 80,000 residents. “It’s very easy to have a grasp of the savings every time you flush,” observes Don Schultz of the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. Low-flow showerheads, faucets, appliances and irrigation systems, along with smaller lawns, will also help. According to the EPA, “If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water a year.” A grander and more costly solution presented in a recent World Wildlife Federation study of the world’s diminishing water supply calls for repair of aging infrastructure. “In nearly all the megacities, 40 to 60 percent [of water] never reaches the consumer” due to leaks and poor maintenance of the water system, states Asit Biswas, renown advocate of realistic water management practices and winner of the 2006 Stockholm Water Prize. Drought-stricken Australians have had to take more immediate measures, instituting residential and commercial water restrictions that are enforced by hefty fines for non-compliance. The —Continued on the next page

23 Ways to Save Water at Home


e’re privileged to drink the same water the dinosaurs drank. They left it in great condition for us. Can we do less for the next generation? Saving water not only preserves water supplies and lowers utility bills, it prevents additional polluted water from contaminating nearby waterways and watersheds. Today every drop counts. And following these simple everyday tips for wise water use makes it easy to save up to hundreds of gallons of household water each week.

In the Kitchen:

n Rinse fresh produce in a sink or pan of water instead of under running water. n Chill drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap until it’s cool. n Run the garbage disposal only every other day or abandon it for a compost pile. n Run a dishwasher only when full. Use a short cycle. No pre-rinsing is needed. n Stack hand-washed dishes in a rack or stoppered basin and spray-rinse all at once. n Think of ways to reuse cooking water, maybe to water houseplants.

In the Bath & Laundry:

n Close the drain while waiting for hot water to come. A ShowerStart device automatically pauses a running shower once it’s warm. n Take short showers and consider a bath a treat. But be aware that a shallow bath consumes less water than a long shower. n Turn off the tap while brushing teeth and shaving. Run a shallow basin of water for wash-ups, which does double duty for rinsing a razor. n Install low-flow showerheads, water-saving aerators on faucets, and low-flow or ultra-low-flow toilets. In old toilets, sink a pair of water-filled sealed plastic bottles in the tank safely apart from the mechanism. n Flush less. And never for some bug or bit of trash; use a wastebasket instead. n Install instant water heaters in bathrooms and kitchen and insulate hot-water pipes. n Wash only full loads of clothes in an Energy Star water-saving front-load machine. In the Yard & Garden: n Replace grass with less-water-intensive plants. Smaller lawns rule. n Cut grass to three inches or higher to reduce evaporation. Adding compost, mulch or peat moss improves water retention. So does root-filled, aerated soil. n Water only at dawn or dusk and only as needed. Avoid windy days. Do an occasional deep soak instead of multiple light waterings. A maximum one-half to three-quarters of an inch is enough (measure via a tuna can set on the lawn). n Use a drip system or soaker hose. Put any sprinkler system on a timer with a rain shutoff and consider using automatic soil moisture sensors. At least set a kitchen reminder timer. Don’t overspray pavement. n Look for drought-tolerant plants, then water roots not leaves. Group plants according to water needs. Pull out thirsty weeds. n Don’t use a running hose to “sweep” drives and walkways. Instead use a broom or blower. Cap the hose with a shut-off nozzle. n Plant a rain garden catchment landscape and set rain barrels under downspouts to capture stormwater. n Wash the car from a soapy bucket, quickly rinsing with the hose afterwards. Washing the car on a lawn makes the water do double duty. n Use a pool cover to slow evaporation. Finally, remember that toilets, faucets, pipes, taps and hoses inside and out do well with a regular checkup for leaks. Detect them by watching for water meter movement when no water is in use. Tip: Replace a rubber washer with a new drop-stop valve to stop leaks for life. Finding and fixing drips is the first best thing we can do. For more information, visit

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city of Sydney has consequently reduced its consumption by 13 percent over the past three years. Meanwhile, the country is moving forward on plans to build costly plants to desalinate seawater and turn sewage into drinking water. They’ve even flirted with the concept of a 2,300-mile-long pipeline or canal to carry water from a rain-soaked wilderness to residential areas.

Looking Forward

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Among these efforts to secure water for humanity’s future is Public Citizen’s “Water for All” campaign to retain

Harvesting rainwater is a promising solution. However, in several states it’s actually illegal to do so due to bizarre laws establishing state ownership of rain. water supplies as a public trust. Campaign leaders proclaim that privatization is not the answer for any of the 60,000 publicly owned and operated non-profit water systems in the United States. The Public Citizen website documents several chilling case studies where taxpayers have footed the bill while companies have profited after corporate takeover of a municipal water system. As Fortune magazine observes, “Water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century; the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations.” At issue is the basic human right for universal access to water resources, and the ongoing need for everyone to use vital water resources more efficiently. Doing so will help maintain supplies at safe levels while more long-lasting solutions are developed. Citizens of the world already are adapting to what could be a very different future. Additional sources:,, CS Monitor. com,,,


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Gardening in January

can escape. The vegetable garden is an interesting place to learn about compatibility and incompatibility among plants. Plants have friends and enemies in relaby Jo Leyte-Vidal, UF/IFAS tion to their ability to Marion County Master Gardener help or hinder each other. Some help anuary is the month when many by producing hormones that attract or trees and shrubs are in dormancy, repel specific insects, stunt or enhance and we are watching the thermomthe growth of another, and may act eter for the danger of a freeze. It is as support or shade. Tomatoes and all also the best month for vegetable bed members of the cabbage family repel preparation. Add a generous amount each other. Tomatoes are inhibited by of organic material (compost) and kohlrabi and fennel. They are compatcomposted manure at a rate of 25 ible with chives, onion, parsley, maripounds for each 100 square feet of gold, nasturtium, carrot, garlic, and bed. Your soil will be able to deter roses. Planting garlic among tomatoes nematodes and feed the new plants helps protect the tomatoes form red which will be planted in the spring. spider mites. Do not plant tomatoes February 14 is the earliest your plots near corn, since the tomato fruitworm can be seeded with spring crops. We is identical to the corn earworm. Do can have frosts during February and not plant them near potatoes, because March. A stash of gallon milk jugs with the potatoes become more susceptible their bottoms removed can be used as to potato blight. “Near” means in the cloches over your seedlings. Remove same planting bed. For more informathe caps during the day so excess heat


tion, pick up Louise Riotte’s book, Carrots Love Tomatoes. Along with planning for spring planting, we need to begin 2011 with thinking about gardening education. Just as gardening is an ongoing process, so is learning. A good plan: n Curling up next to the fireplace and reading a good book on gardening in the South. n Checking out public gardens for native plant varieties that can flourish in our area. n Learning about invasive plants that are harmful to our environment. n Identifying good and bad caterpillars; ask, “Is it going to be a butterfly?” n Looking into water-saving practices. n Getting your soil pH tested. The camellias are beginning to bloom. Did you fertilize yours last month? Did you clean the area under them and refresh the mulch? There are lots of leaves and pine needles falling. Rake and recycle them under your camellias. They will love you for it. Call UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardeners at 352-671-8400.

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ften, the thought of a horse’s confidence does not extend much farther than being able to go trail-riding or to a horse show without spooking. I want to broaden your horizons a little, though, concerning building your horse’s confidence. Every time you work with your horse, you are either building or tearing down his confidence. This is a subject that extends beyond just being a Steady Eddie with good nerves. You see, if you ride your horse in the safest arena, yet make requests that are above his level of understanding or physical ability, you are tearing down his confidence in you as the decision maker. If what you ask him causes him to lose his balance, and you do not recognize this, make no mistake—your request and its result did not slip by your horse. Therefore, when it comes to confidence, you must never make demands upon your horse that are beyond his level of understanding and current physical ability. Just as a gymnast begins with simple tumbling movements, practicing them accurately, thus building strength, flexibility, and confidence, so must the rider carefully plan the sequence of exercises to build strength, flexibility and confidence in the horse. A horse’s delicate psyche and forgiving nature allows him to become a victim of abuse at the hands of his well-intentioned, loving rider. As a small child would lose confidence in a parent who encouraged him to jump into the parent’s arms but then neglected to catch the child and allowed

him to fall, so it is with the horse that is pushed to do something beyond his scope of reason or ability, upsetting mind and balance. He is often punished by his rider, and quickly loses confidence in the human touch; then he is labeled as an unruly beast. Taking the confidence issue into account, one must govern oneself accordingly for each horse’s temperament and personality. That is one of the elements of riding and training horses which increases the level of understanding of the rider and continually piques a sensitive, thinking rider’s interest. Each mount comes with a varying degree of intelligence, sensitivity, and physical ability. Working with a horse’s God-given attributes is far more beneficial than trying to transform a bulky linebacker type into a twinkle-toed ballerina. I hope this article has been helpful in broadening your understanding of riding your horse with empathy and finesse. May all your riding endeavors prosper and be in harmony, and may your relationship with your equine partner flourish. Happy horsing around! Copyright ©2011 Julie P. Scott. The owner of Spirit Praise Ranch, Ms. Scott teaches beginning riding through Prix St. Georges, and specializes in starting young horses and retraining off-thetrack Thoroughbreds. Her primary background is in dressage; she has also competed in eventing and is an avid fox-hunter. She says, “What I enjoy most about teaching and training is seeing happy horses, moving freely—the way God intended—under harmonious, contented, feeling riders.” She can be reached at 352-817-4323,

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such as acupuncture, Reiki, Touch for Health or the services of a medical intuitive in a hospital setting, would have been considered preposterous. Today, however, more medical institutions are combining these types of treatment with allopathic medicine. Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, a research-oriented emblem of Western medicine, now employs a Healing Touch therapist. The hospital, which perennially ranks among America’s premier hospitals, is the principal pediatric teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mehmet Oz, leading U.S. cardiovascular surgeon, was the first to include a Reiki practitioner in his department at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. Oz allows Reiki during open-heart surgeries and heart transplant operations.

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Energy Medicine Helps Restore Balance and Harmony by Linda Sechrist


n William James’ famous manifesto, “A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous, then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” In the field of energy medicine, the experiences of pioneers such as medical intuitives Caroline Myss and Donna Eden, natural healer Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, and Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Pearl validate James’ postulate. Initially disregarded by allopathic medicine, the energy medicine these healers practice operates on the belief that changes in the “life force” of the body can affect human health and healing. They maintain that applying energetic perspective allows them to clinically assess and treat what they call


the body’s electromagnetic fields, in order to achieve a healthy balance in the body’s overall energy system. The modality has to do with energy pathways, or meridians, that run through our organs and muscles. The idea is to uncover the root causes of imbalances and harmonize them at an energetic level before they solidify in the physical body and manifest as illness. Such imbalances may be brought on by such things as emotional stress and physical trauma.

Aid to Conventional Treatment As recently as 1990, the idea of using any form of energy medicine,

Medical intuitives say they can recognize problems in the flow of the body’s energies and are able to accurately predict the kinds of physical problems that are likely to emerge before any symptoms are detected. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make health assessments that are confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body and see and feel where the energies are not flowing, out of balance, or not in harmony, then works to correct the problem. “I was 22 before I learned that everyone didn’t make their decisions after first seeing and sensing energy,” says Eden. Carolle Jean-Murat, a California obstetrician and gynecologist now practicing as a medical intuitive and healer, left her 30-year allopathic practice to focus on natural healing. Today, she specializes in helping women restore their mental, physical and spiritual health. “I am a healer who has the capacity to see, feel and hear whatever a client is going through, because I see them as a whole: energy, body, mind, soul and emotions,” says Jean-Murat. Dr. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, demystifies the healing process. He teaches others (75,000 and counting) how to activate and use what he

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refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies. “Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the ego and its judgment, and reach a state of non-judgment observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of them describe their experience simply as an internal activation of an advanced level of consciousness, in which awareness allows the perception of a multi-dimensional universe.” Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings, “We understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limitation, and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel for healing for ourselves and others when we reside in oneness and love.” Pearl believes that it is part of everyone’s life journey to discover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled with Spirit. By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with others where we are all energy, as physics indicates. These practitioners agree that while we all have some subtle sense of an animating force within us that is pure energy, we often ignore it. We go about our daily lives using this life force to perform our activities until it becomes depleted and illness manifests in a physical or emotional imbalance. While energy medicine practitioners are trained to sense and honor the body’s animating life force and recognize its excesses and deficiencies, they also believe we can all learn how to work with this important facet of our being. It is our birthright to realize balance and harmony, and we can do this by learning to re-establish a healthy flow of communication within the body’s subtle energy system. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings editor and freelance writer.

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Resolved: We All Have Baggage.


anuary is the Emma Lazarus of months, dressed up like the Statue of Liberty in a ratty flannel version of her usual robes. She says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, your wretched refuse, your tempest-tossed.” After the holidays, we are all of the above. Tired after the holidays? Check. Poor after Christmas? Check. Huddled masses in the cold? Check, and brrr. Yearning to breathe freely in the midst of cold and flu season? Check, cough, hack, sneeze, and double-check. Wretched refuse? Well, I hope your self-esteem is better than that, but after the holiday pounds most of us put on, there probably isn’t one of us alive who hasn’t looked into the terrors of a full-length mirror in January and had some variant of the thought, “I look like wretched refuse.” So check to that one, too. Tempest-tossed? Check. Maybe not as much here in Florida, but recall that last January, it snowed, so anything can happen. Yes, January is the month that says, “Give me all of that. Come on in.”


She’s our Ellis Island, stamping passports right and left as we enter 2011. Most of us immigrate into the harbor of the new year with the baggage of resolutions, often the same suitcases we lug around from year to year and sometimes even decade to decade, though unfortunately we don’t always get around to unpacking them. We have such good intentions, bless our hearts. Enough to four-lane the road to hell. We are determined to try to make up for all the indulgences

of the holiday season. We are going to get up earlier and exercise. Go to bed earlier. Spend more thriftily. Save more money. Take better care of ourselves. Take more pains with our appearance. Drink less. Stop smoking. Stop swearing. Adopt healthier eating habits. Lose weight. Get in shape. Get organized. Be nicer. Be kinder. Be more patient. Be on time. Put down the remote and be vertical more often. Stop wasting time with {insert mindless habit here}. Stop procrastinating … when we get around to it. The list is endless and personalized. It’s all about what you think you need to do and be. Some disillusioned individuals resolve to swear off resolutions. They lose patience with the cycle of resolving and trying and falling short. So they vow to quit altogether, and resolutely refuse to resolve anything but not to make a resolution. This is a freeing refusal for some, but I can’t completely give up on making New Year’s resolutions. I think there’s something healthy and positive about trying to improve, even if it does seem like you take two steps back for every step forward. Garth Brooks sang it best: “Life’s a dance you learn as you go.” Think of the process of improving yourself as a two-step; the two steps back are not a failure, simply part of the footwork of the dance. Saying that there is no need to change or even resolve to change anything about yourself is a fallacy. There is not one of us who could not stand some improvement. You are not as perfect as your dog or your mama think you are. It really does not behoove you to think of yourself as endlessly

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delightful and in a radiant state of perpetual perfection. You will be the only one giving yourself shiny gold stars on your chart every day if you think this. It is good to encourage yourself, it is good to say “Yay! Go me! I win!” to a certain extent, but when you start thinking you are wonderful regardless of what you do, this is when you are shortly due for a rude awakening. It is best to go ahead and disabuse yourself of these notions before the world does it for you. Believing yourself to be without need of improvement is rather like a caterpillar disdaining its chrysalis. It’s like saying, “Why fly when I can crawl?” Well, yes, you can still get around, but your progress is going to be a lot slower ... inch by tiresome inch. You’re probably pretty great already, but imagine how much better and more brilliant you could be if you resolved to work on just a couple of shortcomings. Mother Theresa didn’t just wake up like that one day in her early teens. We all transform, and it’s rarely by happy accident. Making resolutions is a good thing. Even if you aren’t fully successful, at least you are trying. To say, “Yes, I do think I could be better in these ways, and here’s how I’m going to try to improve”—that’s a healthy sign of hope and optimism and a desire to be the best version of yourself. Books and magazines require editing. So do people. We’re each a walking manuscript in need of gentle revision, so that we can best tell our own story. There’s a clear distinction between self-loathing, which is terribly unhealthy, and recognizing the need for self-improvement. The latter says, “OK, I’m not bad already. But I could be better. I have enough faith in myself to know that I am capable of being even better, and I am confident enough in my abilities to try.” It’s reasonable to see both the virtues and vices in yourself—to be modest enough to acknowledge the good, humble enough to admit the bad, and sensible enough to do some editing. Picture again the Statue of Liberty. She’s holding a torch, to light the way for people coming into the harbor. That’s January’s role in our year: to lift

her lamp beside the golden door, to give us light by which to see our way and ourselves more clearly. January is the lamp lighting the way, the golden door we pass through to the new year. Beyond that door is a blank book filled with pages of opportunity, a perfect place to rewrite the latest revision of a manuscript. Winter light is a clear light, yet a gentler light. It’s a good light by which to assess yourself and the luggage you’ve brought with you from last year, to unpack it and see what’s in there, what to keep, what to discard. It’s also a good light to read by, and to revise by. In one suitcase you’ll find a book, partly written in, partly blank. You can’t tear out the written pages, but you have all those lovely blank pages

to write your continuing story. There is great liberty in a land of opportunity. That’s what a new year is. So, January 2011, stamp my passport. Let me set down my suitcases and find a good place to review my manuscript. Once I unpack, I will need a desk by a window with good clear winter light from a southeastern exposure, a comfortable chair, and a red pencil with a sturdy eraser. And I also will need a full-length mirror, into which I will look sensibly and say, as Claree did in Steel Magnolias, “Ouiser ... you know I love you more than my luggage.” Melody Murphy looks forward to the new year and wishes you all a happy one. Pack light and revise in pencil.

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Rolfing Carol L. Short / Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Craniosacral Therapist, Gainesville and North Central FL / 352-318-0509 Rolfing® is a system of body restructuring through systematic manipulation of muscle and fascial tissues. It promotes the release and realignment of long standing patterns of tension and dysfunction, bringing the body to greater balance, mobility, vitality, and ease. A holistic approach to mobility, vitality and balance. MA16337/MM18921.

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CalendarofEvents December 30-January 16 The Full Monty, Musical play. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, Sunday, January 2 Jack Williams concert, 7:00. Music and storytelling. Reservations: Unity of Gainesville, 352-373-1030, www.

Monday, January 3 Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine’s new semester begins, 1000 NE 16th Ave., Building F, Gainesville, 352-371-2833, Tuesday, January 4 Academy for Five Element Acupuncture’s new class begins, 305 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville,, 352-335-2332. January 5-30 The End Days, play. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-375-HIPP, Friday, January 7 Yoga Teacher Training begins. 9-month program, 1 weekend/month. Inspiration Yoga Institute, 14616 NW 140th St, Alachua, 352-870-7645, January 7-9 Foundations of Medical Qigong, with Paul Fraser. 16.5 CEUs available for Acupuncturists. To register, call Angela, Happy Balancing Center, 352871-6703. Saturday, January 8 African Shell readings for the New Year with Omialadora Ajamu, Priestess of Yemonja. 1-5 pm, $60. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd., High Springs, 386-454-8657. New Year, Fresh Start: Purify Negative Karma. 10-11:30 am. Detox with Shakyamuni Buddha practices. Teaching, meditations, chanted prayers with Kadampa Buddhist teacher Carol Lutker. $25 (students $15). Sacred


Earth Center, 3131 NW 13th St, #41, Gainesville. 904-222-8531, www. Shamanic Soul Retrieval, talk with Carol Tunney, MD. Free, 6:30-9 pm. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-4548657. January 8-9 Thai Massage: Expanding Vocabulary. Florida School of Massage. Ariela Grodner, www.arielasthaimassage. com. Sunday, January 9 Eco-Film Festival and Expo. Showing the movie “Tapped” and featuring educational booths and wholistic, green, local/organic vendors. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Event held at the Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Tickets: Natural Awakenings, 352-629-4000, http:// Thursday, January 13 Dance, Fitness and Health Fair, 4-7 pm. Free; children welcome. Dance Dance Dance, 307 North Main St., Wildwood, 352-748-3279, www. Lecture on “Healthy Weight Healthy Life: All about your thyroid, nutrition and weight loss.” 6:00 pm, Life Family Practice Center, 1501 US Hwy 441 North, #1702, The Villages. RSVP: 352-750-4333, Lecture on “How Does Blame Make You Sick?” Free, 7-9. Millhopper Library, Gainesville. Cynthia Christianson, 352-374-7982, http://www. January 14-16 Couples Beach Getaway & Workshop. Bring tantra, greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. $595/couple, Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. 1-877-282-4244. January 14-16, and 28-30 Introduction to Thai Massage. Flor-

ida School of Massage. Ariela Grodner, Friday, January 14 and 28 Readings with Rev. Carol Jo Garfinkel, 12-6 pm, $25. Mystic Glenn, 3315 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352-401-1862, Saturday, January 15 Healing Sessions with the Ancient Crystal Skulls, with Jeff Wheeler. 12-5 pm, $15. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386454-8657. January 15-March Start dates of classes and workshops. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-2362274, January 15-24 Nutrition Course. Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, 305 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville, www.acupuncturist. edu, 352-335-2332. Tuesday, January 18 Open House: Meet the doctors. Free, 5:30 pm, Genesis Heart MedSpa, 3365 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, 352-750-4333, Thursday, January 20 Lecture: Hypnotherapy and Weight Loss, with Joshua Vlahos. Free, 7-8 pm, Millhopper Branch Library, Room A, Gainesville, 352-443-0007. January 21-22 Mexican Beach Getaway & Workshop. Bring tantra, greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. $1,195/couple. Tulum Beach, Mexico. 1-877-282-4244.  Saturday, January 22 First Annual Florida Native Tree Giveaway. 10 am, free. Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, McPherson Complex Field, 601 SE 25th Ave, Ocala, 352-622-3971, Op-

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tion 3, Lightworkers Networking event. Networking, aura photography, guest speakers. 6:00, Free. Nexus Alternative Healing Center, 500 SW 10th St., Ocala. 352-817-7130, Nexushealing@ Spiritual Development Class, 2-4:30 pm, $25. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge,, 407-673-9776. Using the Power of Light - Crystals Workshop with Sharron Britton. 1-4 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386454-8657.

membership to MwB International Society of Conflict Resolution. Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, FL. $995 plus accommodations. 1-877-268-5337, x.114, www. Saturday, January 29 Dance Gala, 6:30-9. Professional and ballroom dancing. Information: Dance Dance Dance, 307 North Main St., Wildwood, 352-748-3279, www. Readings with Katarina Campag-

nola. 1-6 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657. January 29-30 and February 4-6 Hoggetown Medieval Faire. Medieval artisans, jousting, food, falconry, magic, children’s events, more. 10-6, $14/adults, $7/children ages 5-17, free for children younger than 5. School Day, Friday, Feb. 4, 9:30-3, half-price. Pets are not permitted. Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville. Info: www.gvlculturalaf-

January 22-23 A Level I Biosyntonie professional workshop at Gainesville Holistic Center, 4041 NW 27th Lane, Suite C, Gainesville. The fee is $500 (for reviewers, $350). For more information, call Dr. Hanoch Talmor, M.D., 352377-0015, or visit Sunday, January 23 Kirtan with Wah and Satsang with Gurudev. Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, 352-685-3001, January 25-27 Christopher Moon Spirit Phone Tour, 7 pm, followed by two days of private readings. Realms Beyond, 500 SW 10th St., Ocala. 352-433-2624, Thursday, January 27 Dismantling Stress w/Integrative Relaxation, with John Ernest Hiester (Chandrakant), 7-8:30 pm, following Amrit Yoga w/Veda 5:30-6:30. Downtown Public Library, 401 E. University Ave, Gainesville, 4th floor. Both classes are free; dress warmly, bring a light blanket., January 28-30 Core Mediation Intensive with Shauna Ries. Become a professional mediator. Course includes 60 hours of professional training, a 3-day on-site Core Mediation Intensive Training; 36 hours of distance learning, 6-month

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CalendarofEvents, 352-334-ARTS (2787). January 29-February 4 Botany Course. Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, 305 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville,, 352-3352332. January 31-February 1 Auditions, “When Bullfrogs Sing Opera.” Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www. February 11-13 Ayurveda and Astrology Conference with Ayurvedic Physician, Dr. Vasant Lad, MASc, aand Vedic Astrologers Sri Sneha Amritananda, Chakrapani Ullal, Gudrun Schellenbeck, and Nalini. Event includes yoga, pure food, bhajans and live music. Held at Radhadesh Retreat, Alachua. www.friendsofayurveda. com/events.php,, 800-505-3887 or 386418-1147.

ONGOING EVENTS Sundays Beginning January 23, a 12-week course on metaphysics begins. Every Sunday, 1-2:30 pm. Love-offering. ALSO, services held every Sunday at 10 am. Spirit of Truth Independent Unity Church, 2251 N.W. 41 St., Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-377-6825. Celebrating Community and Inspiring Message – Science of Mind and Spirit, Every Sunday, Meditation 9:45 am, Celebration / Message 10:30 am, Youth and Children’s Celebration 10:30 am, Love Offering, OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, Master Mind Prayer Circle, 9:30; Healing Hands Circle, 10; Sunday Service and Youth Education, 11; NGU, 12:30. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, Meditation and Spiritual Lesson, 10 am. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, www. Mondays Abraham Study Group, 6 pm; A Course in Miracles Study Group, 7:30 pm. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352373-1030, Monday-Friday Organic Food Pickups. Monday, Ocala; Tuesday, Eustis and Mt. Dora; Wednesday, Ocala and Gainesville; Friday, Oxford/The Villages. Homegrown Organics by Doreen, 352-598-4184, http:// Recipes: Yoga with Joe Ferrara. Monday, 7-8:30 pm, Amrit Yoga Institute. Tuesday, 12-12:45 pm, Serenity of Central Florida, 301 Skyline Dr., Ste 1, Lady Lake. Wednesday, 8:30-10 am, Ocala Inner Center, 205 S. Magnolia; and 5-6 pm, Serenity of Central Florida, Lady Lake. Thursday, 6-7:30 pm, Ocala Inner Center. Friday, 7-8 am, Premier Medical Center of Ocala, 7960 SW 60th Ave.


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Monday-Saturday Dance and movement classes. T’ai chi, Ladies and Gents Styling, Samba, Adult Jazz, Belly Dancing, Yoga, Zumba, Ballroom, Children’s classes, Dance Workout. Dance Dance Dance, 307 N Main St., Wildwood, 352-748-3279, www. Tuesdays A Course in Miracles, 12 noon and 7 pm. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, www. Wednesdays Farm to Fare Basket Pickup, Ocala and Crones Cradle. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www. Meditation and Visioning, 6 pm, followed at 7:15 with Speaker, Spiritual Craft, Drumming, or Spiritual Film, depending on the week. Love Offering, OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, Nia dancing with Marty Henneka every Wednesday starting January 12 (through February 16). 10-11 am, $40/6 weeks or $12/session drop-in. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., www., 352-371-6965, Phone Practice Class for ThetaHealing practitioners. 7-9 starting January 5. $80/ month. Cynthia Christianson, 352-3747982, Quest Study Group, 7 pm; AlaTeen, 7:30. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, Yoga w/Marque Kolack, 10 am. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-6872113, Thursdays Amrit Yoga class w/Veda, 5:30-6:30, free. Gainesville Public Library, 401 E. University Ave, 4th floor. vedalewis@aol. com. Readings with Catherine, 1-5 pm. $25. Mystic Glenn, 3315 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352-401-1862, Beginning January 20, from 7-8:30 p.m., 4T Prosperity Program course. 4T is tithing of your time, talent and treasure. $49.50 includes a manual and set of 12 CDs. Spirit of Truth Independent Unity Church, 2251 N.W. 41 St., Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-377-6825.

Friday I Love My Body Yoga, 10 am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352373-1030, Saturdays (except New Year’s Day) Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cooking Classes, 5-7. Ayurveda Health Retreat, 14616 NW 140th St, Alachua, Alachua, 352-870-7645, www. Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3 pm. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www. Open House, 9-3. Free samples, special prices. Rosas Farms, 13450 N Hwy. 301, Citra, 352-620-2737, www. Readings with Kayla, 1-5 pm. $25. Mystic Glenn, 3315 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 352-401-1862, Seven days/week Bellydancing, fitness, yoga classes, personal training as early as 5:30 am, as late as 7:30 pm. Hip Moves, 708 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, 352-692-0132, Yoga classes as early as 5:30 am, as late as 8:30 pm, beginners (including “Stiff Guys”) to experienced Hot Yoga. Big Ron’s Yoga College, Gainesville, 352-367-8434, Yoga classes at 8-9:15 am and other times. Ayurveda Health Retreat, 14616 NW 140th St, Alachua, Alachua, 352-8707645,

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